Todd James


    • Male

    About the artist

    Born 1969 New York, NY 
    Lives and works in New York, NY

    Todd James (born 1969) is a contemporary artist from New York City. Self-taught, he started painting when he was very young the New York subway system under the name REAS. James designed the Beastie Boys’ Brooklyn Dust Elephant logo (1987) The Source (Magazine) logo as well as Mobb Deep, Red Man, Eminem, Kid Rock. Art from his coloring book/zine Attitude Dancer was used as a cover for Iggy Pop’s Beat em up album.

    He created, with Barry McGee and Steve Powers, Street Market at New York City’s Deitch Projects. This exhibition was selected for the 2001 Venice Biennale. In 2004, he also participated in the group exhibition Beautiful Losers which travelled to several museums in the US. The Street Market installation was Re built and expanded for the L.A. MOCA “Art in the Streets” in 2011.
    His works have been shown at numerous museums and galleries worldwide, like the Tate Liverpool, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts or the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Philadelphia.
    His distinctive cartoon-style paintings are very ironic. Todd’s paintings reflected a variety of influences, including the pop culture and American expressionist.